Novels That Inspired Hollywood Movies

Novels That Inspired Hollywood’s Blockbuster Movies

The film-making industry is one of the largest money printing businesses all over the world. The people associated with the business tend to give in the recesses of their hearts to make the projects successful. Moviemakers are flying in an air of book adaptations since a long period of time. They search for the perfect stories, swallow them and with slight re moulding, they regenerate the stories and present the pages on the screens to the viewers. The percentage of the movie viewers is way more than that of the novel readers as people tend to prefer watching a two hour movie than reading a thousand pages. That’s why entertainment is synonym to movies. There have been many greatest movies which have been the adapted from the international bestselling novels since the mid twentieth century.


Here are some blockbuster movie adaptations of greatest novels you must watch at least once.

1. Gone Girl

IMDB rating: 8.2


Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher based on the novel by American writer Gillian Flynn. The film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set in the Midwestern United States, the story begins with a mystery that follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne (Affleck), who becomes the primary suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife, Amy (Pike).

2. The Wolf Of Wallstreet


IMDB rating: 8.1


The movie is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film, directed by Martin Scorsese, an adaptation of a non-fiction memoir book by former stockbroker and trader Jordan Belfort. It recounts from Belfort’s perspective his career as a stockbroker in New York City and how his firm Stratton Oakmont engaged in vehement corruption and fraud on Wall Street that ultimately led to his downfall. The movie is a fifth collaboration of Leonardo DiCaprio and Scorsese and they excel in telling Belfort’s tale.

3. Harry Potter series(2001-2011)


IMDB rating: 8.1


Harry Potter is a film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). The series is a recountal of the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, who are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The series stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters. Each film is among the 50 highest-grossing films in inflation unadjusted dollars and received critical acclaim.

4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)


IMDB rating: 8.7


The Lord of the Rings consisting of three films subtitled as The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003) is a film series of high fantasy adventure directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novels written by J.R.R Tolkein. The story revolves around a meek hobbit of the Shire and his friends who set out a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron. In the second and third parts, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally and Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army.

5. Fight Club (1999)


IMDB rating: 8.9


Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. The film is directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton plays the unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia, an “everyman” who discontented with his white-collar job, forms a “fight club” with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and they are joined by men who also want to fight recreationally.

6. Sense And Sensibility (1995)


IMDB rating: 8.1


Sense and Sensibility is an adaptation of a novel by Jane Austen directed by Ang Lee.  Set in southwest England, London and Kent in the late 1700s, portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne played by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; two wealthy sisters plunged into poverty where forced to seek financial security through marriage. Actors Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman play their respective suitors. The story takes the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative’s property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


IMDB rating: 9.3


An adaptation of the novel ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ by Stephen King from his 1982 collection Different Seasons. Directed by Frank Darabont, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, the movie tells a tale of two imprisoned men who find solace and ultimate redemption through acts of righteousness. The movie is proclaimed as a cinematic masterpiece.

8. Forrest Gump (1994)


IMDB rating: 8.8


Forrest Gump is an adaptation of 1986 novel by Winston Groom directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a story of a simple Southern man, portrayed by Tom Hanks who views the world simply and truthfully throughout his life. The titular character chronicles his adventures ranging from shrimp fishing and ping pong championships, to thinking about his childhood love, as he bumbles his way running around the world. It’s a feel-good biopic sentimental and gripping with Tom Hank’s effortless work.

9. Jurassic Park Triology (1993-2001)


IMDB rating: 8.1


Jurassic Park series is an American science fiction directed by Steven Spielberg which started with the 1993 film adaptation based on the fiction novel written by Michael Crichton. All parts were successful although the third and fourth films were not based on novels, as the first two were.  The film is set up on a fictional islet where a billionaire philanthropist and a team of genetic scientists create a theme park on cloned dinosaurs. It illustrates the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its philosophical implications.

10. Schindler’s List (1993)


IMDB rating: 8.9


Schindler’s List is a 1993 American epic historical blockbuster, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. The story tells the actual events surrounding a Nazi member who came to help Jews in concentration camps. The film is based on the life of Oskar Schindler played by Liam Neeson, an ethnic German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

11. Goodfellas (1990)

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IMDB rating: 8.7


A modern gangster classic adapted by Martin Scorsese from 1986 novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pillegi and retitled Goodfellas. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta, the film recounts the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associate Hill a young whippersnapper, played by Ray Liotta, taken under the wing of a local mobster crew led by Robert De Niro’s Jimmy and Paul Sorvino’s heavyweight boss, Paulie. It’s regarded as the greatest film of all times.

12. The Silence Of The Lambs (1990)


IMDB rating: 8.6


An American thriller with the blending genres of crime and horror based on Thomas Horris’ 1988 novel is directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn, the film revolves around a young FBI trainee who’s pulled out from her training academy at Quantico and assigned to interview a cannibalistic serial killer.

13. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)


IMDB rating: 8.7


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, directed by Milos Forman is an American drama film based  on the novel written by Ken Kesey. Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the  narrative serves as a study of the institutional processes and the human mind. A criminal named Randle McMurphy played by Jack Nicholson is arrested and placed inside a mental health facility – where he prods, pokes and provokes the institution’s failing system, namely the matronly Nurse Ratched.

14. The Godfather (1972)


IMDB rating: 9.2


The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola based on Mario Puzo’s best selling novel. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of the fictional Corleone New York crime family, the story spans the years 1945-55, concentrating on the transformation of Corleone from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while chronicling the family under the patriarch Vito. The Godfather is regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre.

15. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)


IMDB rating: 8.4


To Kill a Mockingbird is an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. Directed by Robert Mulligan, it’s a screen retelling that concerns a lawyer Atticus Finch finely portrayed by Gregory Peck, who defends an undeserved accused black man against charges of rape and his kids against prejudice. The story is an amazing cinematic piece dealing with the issues of rape and racial discrimination.



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